Mercedes-Benz has revealed that the Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hybrid has official fuel consumption of 65.7mpg and will cost from £39,645.
There’s no denying that the Mercedes E 300 BlueTEC hybrid is a very clever car, and that it ‘Games’ the daft company car BIK rates to perfection.
It’s entire reason to be is to drive down official fuel consumption figures to garner the most benefit possible from company car taxation, and in that it succeeds very well.
It gets a 2.2 litre diesel engine producing 204 horses and 500NM of torque and mates that to a 20kW electric motor housed at the back of the 7G-Tronic auto ‘box, together with a modest 19kW Lithium-ion battery.
The result is a hybrid E Class that’s got the same power and performance as the E250 CDI but manages to game the official fuel consumption figures – thanks, in no small part, to diesel-engined hybrids being treated as petrol cars for BIK – to achieve an improvement of 8mpg and a drop in BIK to as low as 12 per cent.
Equipment on the E Class hybrid is relatively modest with 17″ alloys (16″ as an option to game the system with slightly lower emissions), leather upholstery, SatNav and LED lights.
The cost for the electric motor and related gubbins is around a £6k premium over the E250 CDI Auto, which means the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid Saloon costs £39,645 and the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid Estate £41,435.
It’s a lot to pay for an electric motor, but if you’re keen to slash your BIK rates, and someone else is paying, the E300 hybrid could make sense.
Both the E300 BlueTEC saloon and Estate are now on sale and first customer cars will arrive in November.